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OK, now this changed everything. You no longer had to settle for measly VW power with the engine hanging out the rear with a that terrible front-rear weight balance.

You now could have a perfectly balanced mid-engined custom chassis sports car designed specifically for the Corvair six cylinder or even a Porsche four of six cylinder if your wallet allowed. A stock Corvair provided double the power over the VW engine and provided race car handling in a very light, 1,100 lb. package.

The partnership of a dune buggy manufacturer (Dearbor Automotive), sharing ideas and shop space with the top race car supplier in the US (Autodynamics) led to this totally unique buggy. The excellent design and fabrication skills available from the Autodynamics race car crew provided creativity and engineering far beyond a typical repair shop. But in hindsight, they provided some truly remarkable race cars and dune buggies with many individuals from the Autodyynamics crew leaving bigger marks in the automotive world.

The combination of a balanced, light, stiff chassis with the fiberglass body proved to be very compeditive on the Autocross circuits across America, SCCA track events and even the Pikes Peak hill climb events. Drivers like Alex Dearborn himself, Bill Goodhale, Reeves Callaway, Chuck Ribblett and Ted Trevor all seemed to have great fun and sucessful runs in thier day in these cars.

Originally the GS chassis was fitted to the Deserter Series 1 Manx style body, but demand quicky led production to fitting the exciting new Deserter GT body to this chassis. The majority of GS cars, estimated at less than 100 in total, wore the GT body kits. Less than a handfull have been located wearing the S-1 bodies.

The adds on this page give you views of both variants of the Deserter GS mid-engined buggy. Both used the same GS chassis kit, fitted with either (S-1 or GT) dune buggy bodies.

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